BENEFITING: Every Mother Counts
ORGANIZER: Every Mother Counts
EVENT DATE: Nov 05, 2017
Life cannot happen without mothers. Indeed, I am so grateful for my mom and I am grateful that I became a mom myself. For some, their moms die in childbirth so they never have a mom. I am running so that everyone can have a mom and all women can BE moms after they give birth….because becoming a mom is transformative. Most
certainly Every Mother Counts (EMC), and for me, Every Story Counts. My story of how I came involved with EMC strikes at the core of my own personal struggle of achieving work/life balance. I couldn’t have been happier when I had my first child. But I was also scared. What does this mean for my career? My whole life I was focused on achieving in the work world. I worked hard, got a specialized degree, learned the language of technology, and threw myself into my work. Now what? When I asked VERITAS if I could do my job part time, they said they couldn’t have part time sales people, but I could move to marketing. That meant commuting 40 miles to Mountain View, California everyday and paying a nanny just about everything I was earning. I struggled with my decision because I loved work so much and wanted to participate in the workforce. But the equation didn’t compute. It made no sense. So I stayed on my maternity leave, which I joked became an eternity leave. Fast forward 10 years later, my eternity leave gave me one more beautiful child and I filled my free time with projects (stoplight activist, urban tree planner, softball coach, room mom, soccer mom, auction chair, you get the picture). Then I stumbled upon Stella & Dot. I was looking for part time work. It didn’t sound like me because I was hardly a jewelry-wearer but I liked its mission of helping women and I liked its leadership. I was intrigued, couldn’t sleep (a sign), and listened to my gut to try it out. So I did. Many of you have lived through that story, but I met Christy Turlington Burns through a Stella & Dot incentive where you had to sell a bazillion dollars worth of baubles and you got to be in a group photo with her. I won the incentive, smiled for the camera and in a way, the rest is history. The following year I saw Christy at the GoldenGate Half Marathon. Boldly, I said hello and we had a nice exchange, culminating in some emails, the final of which she asked me to join her running team. YES, please! So here I am, on the heels of the NYC Marathon (absolute bucket list for me!!). I was supposed to run last year but my body wasn’t ready after racing Santa Rosa Marathon in 2016 (read between the lines….I could barely walk!!!), so I deferred to this year and am so excited to run one of my all time favorite cities that means so much to me, and for an amazing cause. So my suggested donation (if you’ve read this far!), is donate the amount commensurate with the decade we met. $19.70? $19.80? $19.90? or $20.00 My parents are just about the only ones on the hook for $19.60! Ha! Can’t wait to run with ALL OF YOU IN MY 26.2 THOUGHTS through all the boroughs! If you’re there, come out and cheer!!!